Chinese weakness may be more than a blip, warns Burberry

Luxury goods have dipped after a clampdown on conspicuous consumption by officials keen to curb corruption

US commando raids: John Kerry defends capture of Libyan terror suspect Abu Anas al-Liby in Tripoli

Secretary of State says al-Qa’ida terrorists can ‘run but they can’t hide’ as Libya questions US abduction of Anas al-Liby

Syrian crisis: Assad 'deserves credit' for agreeing to chemical weapons destruction, says John Kerry

US cautiously praises the Syrian regime for complying with UN mission to oversee the destruction of the country's chemical stockpile

Anthony Lawrence: ‘A BBC man of the old school’ whose focus was on the story rather than personal projection

Obituary: Anthony Lawrence

Journalist who reported from the Far East for the BBC across three decades

John Boehner: The Republican House Speaker is expected to seek a deal on the debt ceiling

'This isn't some damn game': Tempers fray in US enters fifth day of government shutdown

Republicans and Democrats continue to blame each other as shutdown crisis worsens

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he wants to climb Mount Everest

F1: Lewis Hamilton prepares to tackle his Everest...by climbing the real thing once he has retired

Mercedes driver wants to climb a number of mountains once he has retired with an aim of tackling the biggest of them all for charity

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Indonesia president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono under pressure as corruption investigators arrest top judge

Indonesia's anti-corruption agency has arrested the chief justice and head of the Constitutional Court, the latest in a string of scandals coming to light in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's attempts to crack down on graft.

Government union workers demonstrate on the side of Constitution Avenue

US shutdown and looming debt crisis talks between President Obama and Congressional leaders fail to break the policy deadlock

Two issues become entangled as intelligence officials warned the situation 'seriously damages' their ability to protect the country

US shutdown: Barack Obama cuts Asia trip as squabble continues to cripple federal agencies

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives remains at odds with the Democrats who control the Senate

Pope Francis, at the head of the table, and the eight cardinals, on the first of three days of talks at which he wants to modernise the Catholic Church

What to do about financial corruption, the role of women and views on homosexuality? Meet the men charged with ending the ‘narcissism’ of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis has made his strongest call yet for the Roman Catholic Church to enter the modern world as he met senior cardinals charged with giving the 2,000-year-old institution a radical overhaul.

Unilever issues profit warning over collapsing currencies in 'emerging markets'

Unilever, the Magnum ice cream to Dove soap giant, issued a profit warning last night, blaming the collapsing currencies in so-called “emerging markets” such as Brazil and India.

A piece of the boat's wreckage washed up on an Indonesian beach

Boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia sinks off Indonesian coast

Police in Indonesia say passengers were from the Middle East

Refugee boat sinks on way to Australia, leaving 21 dead

A boat carrying migrants to Australia sank off the Indonesian coast on Friday, killing at least 21 people, Indonesian police said, a sign that Australia's tough new immigration rules may not be enough to deter would-be asylum seekers.

Jamie Dunkley: The red flag is still flying high but Vietnam is back on the growth path

It has been almost 40 years since North Vietnamese tanks rolled through the gates of Saigon’s Presidential Palace, marking the end of the country’s civil war.

Market Report: Help to Buy U-turn hits the builders

Fears of a property bubble have finally reached the City. The prospect of less stimulus from the Bank of England and steps by the Government to monitor its Help to Buy scheme hit housebuilders hard yesterday.

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